Your water heater is probably the one appliance in your home that you use on a daily basis, and never give a second thought to. Most of us think about running a cleaning cycle in the dishwasher, or getting maintenance checks scheduled for the washing machine but, rarely do we think anything of the water heater.
However, the water heater is a very important appliance that we count on to be in proper working order so that we can take a shower and wash dishes. Not to mention that it contributes to 50% of the monthly electricity bill.
Thankfully, you can count on the team at Absolute Plumbing and Drain for superior customer care and industry standard service. Our highly-experienced plumbers have been providing Walnut Creek area home owners with expert water heating support for over ten years. Whether you have a tankless water heating system or a standard tank system, our courteous and licensed plumbers can help.
Standard Tank Water Heaters
It is estimated that 80% of the homes in the United States are equipped with a standard tank water heating system. The popularity of these units can be attributed to the fact that they last for up to 15 years, they are cost-effective to purchase and maintain, and installation is usually fairly simple.
When the tank of the water heating system fills with water from your plumbing pipes, this water is cold and engages the heating element of the unit. This heating element is set to a pre-determined temperature using a thermostat and the cold water is heated to that level.
Once the water in the tank is heated to the designed temperature, the water is stored and kept hot until it is needed. This is one reason that it is important to disengage the heating element of your water heater if you are going to be on an extended vacation. If not, the water heater will work to keep the entire capacity of the storage tank full and heated, whether you are there to use it or not.
Tankless Water Heater
If you would like to learn more about energy-efficient hot water options, the tankless water heating system is a good one. These systems still provide you with hot water, but they do so on-demand rather than storing for later use.
When you turn the hot water faucet on somewhere in your home, the heat sensors of the tankless system are engaged and begin work to heat up the pipes that the cold water passes through. As the cold water moves through the heated pipes, the water is also heated.
Approximately two to five gallons of water can be heated at a time using this process. And, this volume of heated water is maintained for the entire duration that the hot water faucet is engaged.
There are pros and cons to both the tankless and standard tank water heating system. There is no one solution for all homeowners. The standard tank system is quite a bit more budget-friendly as far as the initial investment. Also, tankless systems often require the plumbing in your home to be re-configured in order to support the operations of a tankless water heating system. This process can sometimes be involved and expensive.
If you have any questions about either tank or tankless water heating systems, or you need support for your water heater, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly and knowledgeable team at Absolute Plumbing and Drain. Each member of our team is dedicated to providing only the best in water heater service and customer care. We will always treat you and your home with respect, and will make sure to address your water heating needs thoroughly and efficiently.